Umatilla County Historical Society Welcomes New Executive Director Kari Brooks

Pendleton, Oregon The Umatilla County Historical Society has promoted Kari Brooks to be its new Executive Director. Brooks was previously the Director of Membership and Development for the Historical Society, and she replaces Barbara Lund-Jones who recently retired.

Brooks graduated from Pendleton High School in 1996, attended Blue Mountain Community College, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Mass Media at the University of Idaho in 2004. Before working for the Historical Society, Brooks worked for Starbucks as a store manager, Capps Broadcast Group, and Elkhorn Media Group.

In her position as Director of Membership and Development, Brooks was responsible for increasing the Historical Society’s membership base while working toward making the Heritage Station Museum a must-see attraction for both the residents of Umatilla County and for tourists. As Executive Director, Brooks is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Historical Society, as well as leading the organization forward as they begin a number of new projects.

The Historical Society has two new exhibits opening in 2019. The first is the Signal House— a military-themed exhibit making use of the old railroad signal house building. The second exhibit, Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County, is the result of a 4-year fundraising process. The Umatilla Gold exhibit tells the story of wheat in Umatilla County, highlighting its importance in the history, culture, and economy of the county. This exhibit is set to open in August and is scheduled to run for 10-years.